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Introducing: Ali Ibn Qadi Ajlun

When I began this blog, one of my main ideas was to share some fruits of my readings of medieval and early modern Arabic biographical literature. With this post I will begin a series of shorter posts that returns to this idea. I could think of no bette…

Education for a Free Society? Ancient Knowledge, Universities, and the Neoliberal Disorder

Often remembered as a critique of Keynesian economics, Friedrich Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom (1944) contained two other important assertions about the future of liberalism. Buried in the thirteenth chapter—”The Totalitarians in Our Midst”—of Hayek’s bestseller was a discussion of the fundamental relationship between knowledge and liberalism. Hayek posited there that the humanities represented the … Continue reading Education for a Free Society? Ancient Knowledge, Universities, and the Neoliberal Disorder

Jisc becomes OPERAS core member

Jisc has joined the OPERAS Research Infrastructure as a core member, representing the United Kingdom. Core members represent and help organize the national activities of their countries. At the same time, they have equal…

An Alternative History of ‘Alternative Facts’: Postmodernism and the Center-Right Knowledge Ecology

Long a matter of academic attention, the very criteria of what makes a fact now circulates as a matter of politics. Indexing the increasingly widespread concern about what makes a fact, the Oxford dictionary selected “post-truth” as the 2016 word of the year. This philosophical issue crystallized in wider public discourse just after the inauguration … Continue reading An Alternative History of ‘Alternative Facts’: Postmodernism and the Center-Right Knowledge Ecology

Wahlen „Made in USSR“

Geisteswissenschaft als Beruf im Ausland – Was kann man sich darunter vorstellen? In „Weltweit vor Ort“, dem Magazin der MWS, geben Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler einen Einblick in das spannende Arbeitsfeld der internationalen geisteswissenschaftlichen Forschung. Dieser Artikel von Alexander Fokin widmet sich dem Thema: Wahlen „Made in USSR“.

Is Neoliberalism Biting Its Own Tail? From the Economics of Ignorance to Post-Truth Politics

In our infinite ignorance, we are all equal. —Karl Popper   In a recent column in Dissent, the historian Daniel T. Rodgers takes issue with how the word “neoliberalism” has become “a linguistic omnivore” in present-day scholarship. Deeming its success “a measure of its substantive hollowness,” he untangles its various meanings (“market fundamentalism,” “commodification of … Continue reading Is Neoliberalism Biting Its Own Tail? From the Economics of Ignorance to Post-Truth Politics